‘Speed Alone’ Caused Paul Walker Crash, According to Investigation

'Speed Alone' Caused Paul Walker Crash,

Paul Walker crash caused by car's speed, according to investigation

Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the “Fast & Furious” star.

The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car in which Walker was a passenger to slam into a light pole and tree.

The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle.

“We’re looking at speed and speed alone,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas.

Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t firm up that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors.

The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists.

The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add.

Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed. If they produce usable data, the recorders would be able to tell investigators whether seat belts were fastened, air bags deployed and whether Rodas hit the brakes before impact.

Because the car is so rare, investigators will need Porsche’s help to retrieve the data. A spokesman for the car company declined to comment.

The official said sheriff’s investigators also have enlisted the help of California Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists, who tested the brakes on the wrecked car and found that at least one of the tires was made in 2004. The CHP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The official told AP that the Porsche appeared to have negotiated a curve in the road successfully before crashing.

“They were well out of the curve when they lost control,” the official said.

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  1. frank says:

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  2. laura says:

    How sad… how tragic..
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  3. Joan says:

    Very sad about Paul Walker’s death. I read an interview with a Hollywood reported that talks about why so many fans are mourning the actor and the high interest in his death. I will include link here.
    http://misterhollywood.hubpages.com/hub/Why-You-Miss-Paul-Walker-and-Feel-Sad

  4. simon ndal says:

    We like to seen you and vin in the movie so you let him alone why poul why I am going to miss you r.I.p poul walker

  5. Menasore says:

    That’s what happens when you drive like idiots. They paid with their lives. Oh well. At least they didn’t take any innocent lives with them.

  6. life says:

    huh? this isnt right..it hasnt been a month so work isnt done to determine exacts causes…
    rip pw rr

  7. John Shea says:

    “The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle.”
    Who says? The Associated Press? Porsches USED to be hard to handle decades back but if any modern Porsche is hard to handle this is the first I’ve heard of it.

    • Shawn says:

      This “hard to handle” was a bit of spin doctoring spun early on to justify the crash. I’ll concede that it is hard to handle in the sense that is very powerful and light, and without too many nanny-electronics holding your hand and keeping it shiny-side up. It isn’t a car for a novice, but then again Rodas was hardly a novice. Although, seriously, massively speeding on a public road and on a car with 10 year old tires is always a terrible idea. After watching the first images, and seeing how demolished the car was (considering it was engineered from the ground up to be secure, employing a carbon fiber monocoque like you would find on a F1 car, or a Le Mans prototype racer), it was glaringly obvious to anyone that is not a fanboi moron that speed, and lots of it, was the issue.

      • John Shea says:

        I’m sure lots of cars have tires ten years or older, and I strongly doubt Cat’s Eyes, or Bott’s Dots as some call them, could even contribute to an accident, much less cause it.

      • To add to that 10 year old tire, after successfully turning that curb, they hit the cat’s eye and that’s what caused the car to get out of control…

      • John Shea says:

        Thanks, Shawn. I just wondered whether AP confused this mid-engined car with earlier models of the rear-engined 911 Carrera. But anyone can crash any car if they try too hard.

  8. sarah says:

    Regardless of how Paul walker was killed, we need to respect the privacy of the walker family. And also know it was an aaccident.

  9. Ted Gignilliat says:

    I would believe the stunt experts statement as to what caused the crash. They do all types of stunts in films and study exactly what can be done. They are real with their work and want their work as safe as possible.

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